Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher has defended Jordan Pickford following the Everton goalkeeper’s shocking tackle on Virgil van Dijk.
Pickford injured Van Dijk with a two-footed challenge though no action was taken on the pitch as the Liverpool star was offside.
Reports suggest Pickford could still be punished by the FA while Van Dijk is set for surgery and is now in a battle to play again this season.
But, having been a defender during his playing days, Carragher has sympathised with Pickford and how the England shot-stopper must be feeling.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Carragher said: "Of course it should have been a red card for Jordan Pickford, it was a terrible tackle.
"There will be a lot of frustration now in the Liverpool camp, supporters, maybe neutrals wanting Pickford to be banned.
"We better be careful with that and I’m going to defend Jordan. Yes it was a terrible tackle. I’ve had my leg broken, I nearly broke Nani’s leg. These things happen in football.
"I don’t think anyone goes out the way to deliberately hurt someone. 99 per cent of these awful injuries or tackles on players hand on heart I believe pro footballers will not try and hurt someone.
Everton ace Jordan Pickford could be punished by FA for horror Virgil van Dijk challenge
"Jordan Pickford is all over the place with his game at the moment. Comes out, makes a crazy decision as he has done for the past 12 months and very unfortunately, one of the top players in the Premier league is in a bad way.
"Pickford won’t be in a good place himself tonight and I hope he isn’t. I always remember with my tackle on Nani, I went home that night we beat Man Utd and that was all I could think about.
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"I didn’t want to be associated as someone who brought another players career to an end.
"It is a really serious one, we all feel for Van Dijk. He made a poor tackle but that should be the end of it. These things unfortunately happen in football."
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